Friday, June 22, 2018

Computers For Charity Project Update

We have a couple big announcements for you guys today. First of all, the response to our annual Computers For Charity Project has been phenomenal. The outpouring of support we've received  this year is simply overwhelming.

The fantastic folks at Zotac really went above and beyond, supplying us with enough GPUs to complete the rest of our system builds. At the time, a quarter of our systems were in need of discreet graphics cards and the company doubled down and went the extra mile to make sure we had what we needed.

Additionally, we are not only going to hit our original goal of building twelve computers, we are now going to be able to build at least a half dozen more computers thanks to an extremely generous hardware donation from AMD.

Anyhow, that's it for this update! I will keep you guys updated over the next week or so as I get all these systems built and ready to deliver! 😎


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Doing a bit of unexpected site maintenance this afternoon. If you are accessing the site, you should still be able to read reviews and news up to this point. Unfortunately, there will be no new content posted over the next few hours. We apologize for the inconvenience. If you need something to do in the mean time, enter to win this months giveaway package while you are waiting!

How To Setup Folding@Home: 2018 Edition

Our friends at Overclockers Club have put together a handy How To Setup Folding@Home: 2018 Edition guide that will get you folding in no time. Folding is a wonderful way to help your fellow man using your spare CPU cycles and now, thanks to this easy to follow guide, it is easier than ever to get started.

Welcome to 2018 and a new guide on How-To setup Folding@Home. While the folding project itself isn't new, the team behind it has been making great strides to create a user-friendly program that has seen major improvements in the last few years. I decided it was time to merge a few different user guides into a single guide to cover everything from just the basic folding, to folding for cryptocurrency.

The Steam Intergalactic Summer Sale Underway

Good lord, it's that time of year again. If you don't have any restraint, don't click this link. 😆

NVIDIA's New Tensor Core GPU AI Tools, Super SloMo, Cutting-Edge Research

As thousands of the world’s top artificial intelligence researchers gathered this week in Salt Lake City for the annual Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition conference, NVIDIA unveiled a series of tools and deep learning research to fuel the next big wave of AI discovery. Topping the agenda: Our launch of NVIDIA Apex an open source extension that helps developers accelerate their AI research by tapping the multi-precision capabilities of NVIDIA’s Volta Tensor Core GPUs. Amid rows of research posters in a teeming exhibition hall, we also published more than a dozen research papers, including an AI that creates super slow-motion from ordinary video. And Jensen Huang, our founder and CEO, surprised attendees Wednesday night by giving away limited-edition Titan V GPUs he had specially made for AI researchers.

NVIDIA Brings Talks, Training, Demos, and More to ISC Thursday, June 21, 2018

Detecting gravitational waves millions of light years away, in real time. Powering computationally fast quantum mechanical simulations at high accuracy and low cost. Proving the feasibility of fusion as a source of renewable clean energy. Of course, it doesn’t take a supercomputer to figure out that high-performance computing is much more than just fun. Thanks to AI, HPC now matters more than ever.

That’s why next week’s International Supercomputing Conference — from June 24 to 28 in Frankfurt — will feature more content than ever, much of it focused on the collision of artificial intelligence and high-performance computing. Attendees can train up on deep learning in workshops. They’ll crowd into panels focused on the convergence of AI and HPC. They’ll take part in a day dedicated to how machine learning transforms high-performance computing.

Intel Board Appoints Bob Swan as Interim CEO

Intel's official statement on the story we posted yesterday

Intel Corporation today announced the resignation of Brian Krzanich as CEO and a member of the board of directors. The board has named Chief Financial Officer Robert Swan interim chief executive officer, effective immediately. Intel was recently informed that Mr. Krzanich had a past consensual relationship with an Intel employee. An ongoing investigation by internal and external counsel has confirmed a violation of Intel’s non-fraternization policy, which applies to all managers. Given the expectation that all employees will respect Intel’s values and adhere to the company’s code of conduct, the board has accepted Mr. Krzanich’s resignation.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Samsung Crams 8TB Into Its Next-Gen PCIe 4.0 SSD

According to the folks at Tom's Hardware, Samsung's next-gen PCIe 4.0 SSD will come packed with sixteen 512-GB NAND packages each stacked in sixteen layers of 256 Gb 3-bit V-NAND chips.

Samsung has come a long way from the days of exporting dried fish to becoming the industry’s leading solid-state drive manufacturer. The Korean giant’s dominance extends from the conventional SATA 2.5-inch drive to the latest M.2 form factor, but today it revealed an upcoming 8TB NVMe PCIe 4.0 solid-state drive based on the NF1 form factor.

High Court: Online Shoppers Can Be Forced To Pay Sales Tax

Well crap.

The Supreme Court’s 5-4 opinion Thursday overruled a pair of decades-old decisions that states said cost them billions of dollars in lost revenue annually. The decisions made it more difficult for states to collect sales tax on certain online purchases, and more than 40 states had asked the high court for action. Five states don’t charge sales tax.

Lawmakers Want Google To Reconsider Links To Huawei

Given the company's track record, it should be obvious that Google could not care less about what the government thinks. When is the last time Google has complied with (any) government officials without being forced to?

Some Republican and Democratic U.S. lawmakers asked Alphabet Inc’s (GOOGL.O) Google on Wednesday to reconsider its work with Chinese telecommunications firm Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, which they described as a security threat. 

Steam Link Only $2.50

If this isn't the Deal of the Day, I don't know what is. Wow.

Gears of War 5 PC Details

Blue's News has new details on Gears of War 5 for the PC. Hit this link for all the details. Here's a quote to get you started.

Accordingly, Gears Tactics will be tailored to PC play, to better serve the traditional mechanics of the genre. Unlike the third-person real-time adrenaline rush of the 'Gears Prime' entires, tactical games require a wider view of the area of engagement, specific movement paths and placement of units, ultimately rewarding players for patience and planning rather than bravado – all elements improved by the precision offered by mouse-and-keyboard controls.

CORSAIR Launches New Mechanical Gaming Keyboards

CORSAIR®, a world leader in PC gaming peripherals and enthusiast components, today announced the release of the new CORSAIR K70 RGB MK.2 and CORSAIR STRAFE RGB MK.2 range of mechanical gaming keyboards. Equipped with 100% Cherry MX high-quality mechanical keyswitches, the K70 RGB MK.2 RGB and STRAFE RGB MK.2 offer gamers a huge variety of switch type, including Cherry MX Red, MX Brown, MX Blue, Rapidfire MX Speed or MX Silent keyswitches. 
Whichever switch you pick, the K70 RGB MK.2 RGB and STRAFE RGB MK.2 both offer the comprehensive set of features that gamers demand; per-key RGB backlighting, 8MB of onboard profile storage and dedicated media keys are just the start, all powered by new CORSAIR iCUE software to synchronize lighting and control across all your CORSAIR iCUE compatible devices. Staying true to the CORSAIR legacy for quality and choice, the K70 RGB MK.2 RGB and STRAFE RGB MK.2 are ready to make their mark.

Microsoft To Deliver Intelligent Cloud From Norway Datacenters

Microsoft Corp. on Wednesday announced plans to further expand its significant and growing investment in cloud computing in Europe by delivering the intelligent Microsoft Cloud from two new datacenter regions in Norway: one in the greater Stavanger region and the other in Oslo. The Microsoft Cloud, comprising Microsoft Azure, Office 365 and Dynamics 365, will offer enterprise-grade reliability and performance with data residency from new datacenter locations. Initial availability of Azure is planned for late 2019 with Office 365 and Dynamics 365 to follow. Microsoft has deep expertise protecting data, championing privacy, and empowering customers around the globe to meet extensive security and privacy requirements with Microsoft’s Trusted Cloud principles and the broadest set of compliance certifications and attestations in the industry.

Tweeting Link To White House Advisor's Phone Number Will Get You Temp Banned

At first I was like "what kind of idiot doesn't know this?" It just seems like common sense. Then I read it was a Gizmodo site. Mystery solved. 😒

Gizmodo Media Group site Splinter wrote a story titled 'Here's Stephen Miller's Cell Phone Number, If You Need It' and tweeted out the digits from their official account for good measure. But it seems that those who are simply linking to that story (not repeating the number themselves) are getting temporarily blocked by Twitter, too.

Star Wars Aerodynamics

Studying Star Wars aerodynamics? Ummm...I could be wrong, but I'm pretty sure "make them look cool" was a far greater priority than designing a make-believe space vehicle functional in a real-world setting. After all, Darth Vader wears a cape and he can't even fly. 😏

Middle-Earth: Shadow of War Full Experience Review

If you are on the fence about playing Middle-Earth: Shadow of War, make sure you read this review before you spend your hard earned money.


Now that I have gone through not only the base game but also both story expansions, how does the full experience stack up? Not as well as I wish it would. The base game is still pretty good on its own (though I hope the Act IV changes coming in July address the issues it has), but these two story expansions are not doing that much for me.  

PUBG Compensation for Mistaken Bans

Mistakenly banned from PUBG?!?! You got (in-game) money coming your way!!! Head on over to Blue's News for all the details.

For those players who were affected, we will be granting a small compensation of 20,000 BP to your accounts. Compensation should already be showing up in affected players accounts. Please check below for full details on which accounts are eligible to receive this compensation. We apologize for anyone who missed out on game time due to this error and hope that this compensation helps make up for that lost time.

AI Camera Brings World Cup-Like Analysis to Weekend Warriors

While the best soccer players on the planet take to the pitch in this summer’s World Cup, amateur coaches can reach for the stars by adding AI to their playbooks. Veo, a Copenhagen-based startup, has created a camera for its users to place midway on a soccer field touchline (that’s the “sideline” for U.S. readers) that captures the action across the entire field. The company is using its own object-detection model to track movement of the soccer ball to follow the game play.

Veo’s cool-looking, lime-green triangular device packs two 4K video cameras inside for use on a tripod. The cameras require their data to be transferred to Veo’s cloud service, which stitches footage together to produce panoramic videos that track the game action. In addition to enlisting GPUs from a German data center, Veo uses the NVIDIA CUDA Deep Neural Network library (cuDNN) with TensorFlow.

NVIDIA Chief Scientist On How GPUs Ignited AI

Bill Dally has been working on neural networks since before they were cool. Dally, chief scientist at NVIDIA, is an icon in the deep learning world. A prolific researcher with more than 150 patents, he previously chaired Stanford University’s computer science department. When Dally first started his neural networks research in the 1980s, “we had computers that were literally 100,000 times slower than what we have today,” he told Kravitz. Today’s AI revolution is enabled by powerful GPUs. But it took a lot of work to get there, such as the 2006 launch of the CUDA programming language by NVIDIA’s Ian Buck.

Intel's CEO Forced Out After Relationship With Employee

Whoa!

Intel's Brian Krzanich was forced out as CEO following an investigation into a "consensual relationship with an Intel employee," the company announced Thursday. Krzanich has also left the board, it said.  Chief financial officer Robert Swan will step in as interim CEO, effective immediately, and the board has already begun the search for a permanent replacement. 

Intel Advances Silicon-Based Security for AI and Blockchain Workloads

The future of a trusted and secure computing environment hinges on our collective ability to deliver solutions that improve the performance across a variety of workloads, while also optimizing security. This week, at Cyber Week in Israel, I am joined by partners, customers, and cybersecurity industry and policy leaders from across the globe. Intel is committed to providing silicon-based security solutions that address the most pressing issues. There are three key themes at the conference, highlighting the challenges and opportunities facing our industry.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

The First Burger Built by a Robot

I was going to make my usual "ROBOTS ARE GOING TO KILL US ALL!" joke until I read this:


It does everything from slicing and toasting the brioche bun to adding toppings (to order) and seasoning and cooking the patties, all in five minutes. The meat is ground to order—why it’s touted as so fresh—and sourced from premium ingredients. It emerges from the machine piled with tomatoes and lettuce, sprinkled with seasonings, and drizzled with sauces, at which point it’s transferred by human hands to the customer. The price: $6.

NVIDIA CEO Springs Special Titan V GPUs on Elite AI Researchers

I'll take two please...for research of course. 😆


Twenty guests selected at random joined Huang in the the hotel’s center courtyard. There he presented them with signed, limited edition NVIDIA Titan V CEO Edition GPUs, featuring our groundbreaking NVIDIA Volta Tensor Cores and loaded with 32 gigabytes of memory.

Tesla Sues Ex-Employee For Hacking And Theft

Can we all just agree that calling this guy a "hacker" is like saying a kid with a paper airplane is a fighter pilot. Thief? Yes. Hacker? No.

Tesla’s lawsuit names Martin Tripp, a former process technician at the company’s Gigafactory in Nevada, as the defendant. Tesla claims that Tripp “unlawfully hacked the company’s confidential and trade secret information and transferred that information to third parties.” To do so, Tripp placed “hacking software” in the computers of three individual employees to routinely export confidential data, the company says. 

Cyberpunk 2077 won’t have loading screens

According to this report, Cyberpunk 2077 won’t have loading screens. Then again, it is 2018...why do any games still have loading screens?


At first launch, Cyberpunk 2077 will load all contents of the world, but that’s the only time you’ll be greeted with a loading screen in the game. This detail was confirmed by associate design director Kyle Rowley in a chat with fans on the game’s official Discord server.

LonelyStreams Showcases Twitch Streams With No Viewers

This is kinda cool. These guys showcase Twitch streamers that have no viewers in hopes of getting them the viewers and subscribers they need.

At any given point in time there are about 3000 livestreams on twitch alone with 0 viewers. Most of the creators are making great efforts of setting everything up and making sure their stream runs properly. It's a shame that nobody is watching. So feel free so browse around and appreciate their hard work.

Cool Slow Motion Video of the Day

Watch this video of two vortex rings colliding in slow motion. You're welcome. 😎

Must See Retro Gaming Device of the Day

Whoa, this looks awesome...if it ever gets made...an clears all those copyright hurdles.

HyperX Alloy Elite RGB Keyboard Review

Our friends and colleagues at Tom's Hardware have published a review of the HyperX Alloy Elite RGB keyboard that is certainly worth the click to check out!
The Alloy Elite RGB keyboard (which appears to have gone by the codename “DartFrog” internally at the company) is the company's fourth keyboard and current flagship, designed to compete with the likes of Corsair and Razer in the high-end gaming keyboard market.

Homematic OLED Display and Homematic IP Power Supply

FunkyHome posted a review of Homematic's OLED display and IP power supply for your viewing pleasure. Translator required.

The OLED radio display can be mounted like the E-Ink radio display surface-mounted, flush-mounted or in a separately available table stand. The display is fundamentally different from Homematic's previously reviewed Smarthome status display because it offers a full-color graphic display that displays previously programmed values ​​at the touch of a button.

Noctua NH-U14S TR4-SP3 AMD Threadripper CPU Cooler

If you are in need of a cooler for that burning hot Threadripper you got, the crew at FunkyKit say the Noctua NH-U14S TR4-SP3 might be just what you are looking for.

Noctua NH-U14S TR4-SP3 is the cooler for the most demanding users. You won’t find anything better that isn’t expensive water cooling kit. The NH-U14S is really quiet and well-performing cooler which combines all the features you may need and for daily challenges.

NHTSA Deems ‘Autopilot Buddy’ Product Unsafe

Ya think!?!

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued a cease and desist letter to the company selling a product called the Autopilot Buddy. Marketed as a ‘Tesla autopilot nag reduction device,’ its primary function is to disable a safety feature in Tesla vehicles that monitors the driver’s hands on the steering wheel and warns the driver when hands are not detected. Aftermarket devices, such as Autopilot Buddy, are motor vehicle equipment regulated by NHTSA.

AMD Talks About The Future Of FreeSync

PC Perspective had the opportunity to sit down with AMD to talk about what's in the cards for FreeSync.

WD Enables AI-Powered Video Surveillance With New High-Capacity Drives

To help enable the surveillance industry’s evolution to increasingly higher resolution cameras and new applications requiring real-time edge analytics, Western Digital Corporation has expanded its surveillance portfolio with the introduction of the industry’s highest capacity, deep-learning-capable, surveillance-class drive, Western Digital® Purple 12TB drive with exclusive AllFrame AI technology. The newest addition to Western Digital’s surveillance portfolio creates new possibilities in video surveillance by supporting the capture of multiple high resolution video streams while simultaneously accessing recorded video to support deep learning and analytics. This capability is purpose-built for emerging DVR and NVR systems with Artificial Intelligence (AI) capabilities in that it supports real-time detection of AI-triggered events at the point of capture with continuous background learning.

How AI Can Head Off Brain Damage

Two million cells a minute. That’s how quickly brain damage happen when the cells get no oxygen in a stroke or in some brain injuries. Both can have tragic consequences — paralysis, memory loss, speech difficulties and even death. But doctors can’t start treatment without an initial diagnosis, and that requires reading a CT scan as soon as the test’s completed. Unfortunately, that’s not what usually happens, said Prashant Warier, co-founder of Qure.ai, a member of our Inception startup accelerator program. “Radiologists typically have a backlog of cases,” he said. “They may have 30 cases to read, and the injured patient with bleeding in the brain is the 31st. They have to go through all the others before they get to that one.” Qure.ai is changing that with GPU-accelerated deep learning technology that detects critical problems in head CT scans in less than 10 seconds. It’s designed to help doctors prioritize cases quickly, Warier said.

SoundHound Digs Deeper Into Voice AI Market

SoundHound is learning some new AI tricks. The Silicon Valley startup, which creates AI-based voice services, has fetched $100 million in strategic investment capital as it expands its offerings. In addition to its eponymous music recognition app, SoundHound offers its Hound voice search app and Houndify voice platform for companies to create AI-powered voice services. The company’s tech has become the de facto alternative for voice search in a market crowded with the industry’s biggest players. SoundHound is the underdog choice versus the likes of Amazon, Apple, Google and Microsoft.

Safety is Why Intel Bought Mobileye

A year ago, I recognized that Intel’s end-to-end platform for autonomous driving wasn’t complete. Large gaps existed. We couldn’t create the amazing experiences we wanted to, and, more important, we weren’t able to complete the vision for saving lives. To this end, Intel acquired Mobileye – a company with best-in-class technology and visionary leadership. Its proven track record and the millions of production vehicles already equipped with Mobileye technology are laying the foundation for tomorrow’s autonomous vehicles. Today I can confidently say that both Intel and Mobileye are better together. Our combined portfolio spans in-vehicle computing with Mobileye EyeQ SoCs (systems-on-chip), all the way to the cloud with Intel® Xeon® processors. Nesting in Mobileye puts Intel at the forefront of the autonomous revolution.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Facebook Putting Autoplay Video Ads Inside Messenger

Facebook, an industry leader in providing services no one asked for, is now adding autoplay video ads into Messenger.

Messenger first started selling ads inside Messenger 18 months ago, but they were static ads, not video. The benefit of video ads is that they’re usually more expensive, which means they’re more valuable to Facebook. The company has said in the past that it’s running out of room for ads inside its flagship Facebook app, so we’ve seen Facebook expand ads into more places, like Messenger and Facebook’s Craigslist competitor, Marketplace. 

CeBIT 2018 Coverage In Photos

Our dear friends at OCInside have posted their coverage of CeBIT 2018 with close to two hundred photos. Trust me when I say, this is THE CeBit 2018 coverage you've been looking for.

Petition Demands Amazon Stop Selling Face Surveillance to Government

I'm not sure why the ACLU is trying to make this about race, people of all races should be bothered by this kind of tech. But...yeah...thanks ACLU...for whatever you were trying to do with this. 😕

The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Washington today will deliver to Amazon over 150,000 petition signatures, a coalition letter signed by nearly 70 organizations representing communities nationwide, and a letter from Amazon shareholders demanding the company stop providing face surveillance technology to governments, including local law enforcement.

TEAMGROUP T-Force VULCAN TUF Gaming Review

Head on over to Vortez today and check out their review of TEAMGROUP's T-Force VULCAN TUF Gaming memory kit.
For a DRAM manufacturer, TEAM GROUP are one of the youngest companies around but in recent years they’ve been making a concerted effort to gain traction and prominence, especially in the UK market. As such, the brand has been working closely with Overclockers UK – delivering up some of their latest kits at attractive pricing. 

Creative Sound BlasterX AE-5 Review

Not a fan of onboard audio? This review of the Creative Sound BlasterX AE-5 should be of interest to you.

After adjusting the EQ with our preferences, together with the BlasterX Acoustic Engine settings, we did start the listening experience by connecting the SteelSeries Arctis Pro headset and watched various movies and TV shows. The audio output was clear, with plenty of bass and clear highs and loud enough as well after modifying the amplification, thanks to the Xamp build. We also ran multiple rounds of Quake Champions and the sound of the weapons was a joy to listen to and at the same time we were able to easily pinpoint where the enemy was coming from. 

Elon Musk Factory Fire Caused By Extensive And Damaging Sabotage

Maybe it was a customer pissed that, instead of getting a car, they got their deposit refunded instead. With all the company's troubles as of late, "sabotage" seems pretty convenient.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk sent an email to all employees on Monday morning about a factory fire, and seemed to reference possible sabotage. Musk said this person had conducted "quite extensive and damaging sabotage" to the company's operations, including by changing code to an internal product and exporting data to outsiders.

Serious Sam 4: Planet Badass Gameplay Footage

After watching this video, I can't wait to play me some Serious Sam 4: Planet Badass!

GameStop In The Middle Of Buy Out Talks?

A company that gives you $5 for a week old game and then resells the game for $35. What's not to like? That or this is a scheme to pump up the company's stock.

Video game and electronics retailer GameStop Corp is holding talks with private equity firms about a potential transaction after receiving buyout interest, people familiar with the matter said on Monday. Shares of the Grapevine, Texas-based company rose as much as 11 percent to $15.50 on Monday on news of the interest, having been up 2.5 percent earlier in the day. The stock was up 9 percent in late afternoon.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Cougar Panzer EVO RGB Case

If you haven't done so already, you guys should head on over to Tom's Hardware to read my review of the Cougar Panzer EVO RGB full tower chassis.
Aggressive styling? Check. Tempered glass panels? Check. Packed with fans sporting RGB functionality? Check. It looks as though Cougar's new Panzer EVO RGB chassis is an upgraded version of the Panzer EVO with RGB options galore.

Cool Slow Motion Video of the Day

I don't know about you but I love watching slow motion videos like this.

Cryptocurrencies: Looking Beyond The Hype

Those of you interested in cryptocurrencies should take a couple minutes to watch this video.

Internet Domain Jacker Jailed For 20 Years

You're doing it wrong!

A man has been jailed for 20 years over the first known instance of armed "domain hijacking" in which he sought to gain control of a website at gunpoint.

Unilever Takes Stand Against Digital Media's Fake Followers

If you buy something because an  "influencer" was paid to promote it (*cough*Kardasians*cough*) you are a moron. I suggest sending a message by doing the opposite. Don't buy anything promoted this way.

Consumer goods giant Unilever, the world’s second-biggest advertiser, is cutting ties with digital media “influencers” that buy followers, saying it wants to help make advertising more transparent. With big brands advertising more on social media sites like Instagram and Facebook (FB.O), a cottage industry of “influencers” has sprung up, in which celebrities and other popular people earn money by posting about products. But their audience numbers, which often dictate their fees, can be enhanced by purchasing followers. 

Games Removing SDK Amid Spyware Accusations

I just saw this and thought it was important enough to pass on to you guys. Hit the link for the complete list of games using this SDK and those that have removed it. As always, thanks to Blue's News for the heads up.

A thread on Reddit has a week's worth of discussion about Red Shell, an SDK used in a bunch of games that's facing accusations of being a form of spyware (thanks Bleeping Computer). This is used to allow publishers to track the success of affiliate campaigns in selling games, but apparently it also creates a fingerprint that includes information about individual users.

WHO Classifies 'Gaming Disorder' As Mental Health Condition

"Digital heroin?" Really? How did any of us live through our childhood? 

Watching as a video game ensnares their child, many a parent has grumbled about "digital heroin," likening the flashing images to one of the world's most addictive substances. Now, they may have backup: The World Health Organization announced "gaming disorder" as a new mental health condition included in the 11th edition of its International Classification of Diseases, released Monday.

Making Ultrasounds Ultra-Speedy with Deep Learning

Abdominal ultrasound tests for organ abnormalities haven’t changed much in the past decade, with a doctor moving a wand over the patient’s abdomen to gaze at blurry images. But the process could get accelerated by a thousand times with improved accuracy, based on deep learning work by U.S. researchers.

Trade Your Prize. 8086K For A Threadripper 1950X CPU

Well played AMD. Well played indeed. 


The first 40 U.S.-based winners of the Intel® 8th Gen Core i7-8086k Limited Edition Sweepstakes (which opened on June 7, 2018 and closed on June 8, 2018) (“Competitor Sweepstakes”) to complete certain steps will be offered the opportunity to exchange their new, in-box prize processor for a flagship 16-core AMD Ryzen™ Threadripper™ 1950X processor built for the gamers and creators who need a processor that can do it all.  Those steps will be communicated on this webpage on June 25 at 1:00:00 PM EDT. Check back on June 25 at 1:00:00 PM EDT for complete details on how to participate.

Wild Me joins AI for Earth

Microsoft Corp. announced that Wild Me, a Portland-based nonprofit organization that focuses on combating extinction with citizen science and artificial intelligence, will become a new featured project in its AI for Earth program. This deeper level of investment and engagement will enable Wild Me, and its wide range of users and supporters, to more effectively and efficiently use software and AI to combat extinction.